Gracie’s Girl

Sixth-grader Bess resists volunteering at the soup kitchen her parents help run; she’s busy working on the school play. Then she meets Gracie who lives on the street and eats from dumpsters.


“Watching Bess’s revelations unfurl will be tremendously helpful for kids on the cusp of adolescence.” –School Library Journal

“Middle-graders will be drawn by the immediacy of the dialogue and the social scene, as well as by the serious issues. What does responsibility mean?” –Booklist


A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2000
Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award, 2002-03
Finalist: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (Vermont)
Finalist: William Allen White Award (Kansas)
Finalist: Mark Twain Award (Missouri)
Nominated: Massachusetts State Book Award, 2002-03
Nominated: Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award, 2003-04

Publishing Information

Simon and Schuster, 2000

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